2 p.l., 280 pp. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Paris: A. Labitte, 1873.
The first and most important private collection ever formed exclusively devoted to festivities; this sale catalogue has remained an indispensable work of reference to the present day. The 1200 lots are arranged under the sixteen different countries in which these festivities took place, except for two amazing special sections: the first catalogues thirty-eight books published between 1515 and 1559, describing festivities and solemnities in honor of Emperor Charles V. The second describes almost 400 pieces concerning festivities held during the French Revolution, offered in...
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2 p.l., 280 pp. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Paris: A. Labitte, 1873.
xiv, 336 pp., 19 pp. of printed price list. 8vo, later red half-pebbled cloth and marbled boards (upper cover slightly rubbed), spine lettered in gilt. Paris: Regnault & Silvestre, 1805.
The important sale catalogue of an art critic and early chronicler of the Salons. Saint-Yves (1717-1804), was a member of a well-known family of oculists. He became a prodigious and eclectic collector, having inherited a large fortune from his father, Etienne. The younger Saint-Yves was a considerable buyer at the Mariette, Boucher, Jullienne, Huquier, Neyman, Conti, and van Loo sales and owned complete collections of works by Dürer, Sadeler, Lucas de Leyde, S. Beham...
3 p.l., 371 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. calf-backed marbled boards (minor foxing & spotting), entirely uncut. Liège: S. Dauvrain, 1785.
An important first in catalogues: this is the first auction catalogue to provide collations; it is very rare. The catalogue was compiled by Jean Noël Paquot (1722-1803), scholar, professor of Hebrew, and librarian at the University of Louvain and later to the duc d’Arenberg. Paquot provides uncommonly long (and accurate) title transcriptions, authors’ names for anonymous works, critical annotations, and full pagination collations with lists of contents.
Saroléa, the wealthy canon of the Liège cathedral, was close to many members of the Enlightenment. He formed a library rich in botany, French literature, geography, and history.
xxxi, 175 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & paste-paper boards, flat spine gilt, uncut. Paris: L. Potier, 1860.
The scarce catalogue of the important library of Sauvageot (1781-1860), “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, Conservateur honoraire des Musées du Louvre.” From Le Roux de Lincy’s valuable biographical sketch, we learn that Sauvageot bought primarily from De Bure, Crozet, Techener, and Potier. The library was particularly rich in early French books, especially literature and history; there are some early manuscripts as well.
Fine copy from the library of Jean Viardot. 1691 lots.
xxxi, 175 pp. 8vo, cont. purple cloth-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed). Paris: L. Potier, 1860.
An uncommon auction catalogue. Sauvageot (1781-1860), violinist at the Opéra de Paris and famous collector of the decorative arts, donated much of his art collection to the Louvre, greatly augmenting their holdings. From Le Roux de Lincy’s valuable biographical sketch, we learn that Sauvageot bought primarily from De Bure, Crozet, Techener, and Potier. The library was particularly rich in early French books, especially literature and history; there are some early manuscripts as well.
Fine copy. 1691 lots. Bookplate of Eric Speeckaert.
1 p.l., xvi, 565 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled sheep, spine gilt, orange morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Barrois, 1755.
An uncommonly handsome copy of this catalogue which described a truly imposing collection on the history of France, very carefully arranged and catalogued by the owner himself. The collection was especially rich in ephemeral literature and contained no less than 400 portfolios of broadsides; La Vallière bought heavily at this sale. This exemplary catalogue was printed by Didot.
8227 lots, including MSS. Priced throughout in a contemporary hand.
xvi, 440 pp. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (a little worn), uncut. Malines: P.J. Hanicq, 1808.
An important Belgian sale, containing over 400 incunables, including books from the presses of Fust & Schoeffer (the 1462 Bible), Sweynheym & Pannartz, Ulrich Zel (J. Chrysostomus, 1466), Colard Mansion, Johannes de Westphalia, Brothers of Common Life at Brussels, and many others. The collection was particularly strong in works on the history of the Low Country, botanical books, and bibliography.
“Servais, né en 1735, mort en 1807 à Malines; il aimait passionnément les livres. Sa bibliothèque était le fruite de cinquante années de soins assidus. Elle renfermait un grand nombre d’ouvrages...
xvi, 643, , 90 pp. Thick 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards (title a little dusty), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, uncut. Paris: Leclerc, 1788.
This vast library of 8302 lots (containing about 20,000 books) comprised the components of no less than three other celebrated collections: those of Jean Grolier, de Thou, and the Président Charron de Ménars. De Thou’s library, with all its Grolier books, passed en bloc in 1681 into Ménar’s library, on whose decease it passed into the possession of the Cardinal de Rohan. By the continued care of the Cardinal and his successors, down to the Prince...
xvi, 643, , [2; the printed letter], 90, [8; the schedule of the sale] pp., two leaves of errata. Thick 8vo, cont. sheep-backed blue boards (head of spine a bit chipped & one corner rounded), spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Leclerc, 1788.
This vast library of 8302 lots (containing about 20,000 books) comprised the components of no less than three other celebrated collections: those of Jean Grolier, de Thou, and the Président Charron de Ménars. De Thou’s library, with all its Grolier books, passed en bloc in 1681 into Ménars’ library, on whose decease it passed into the possession of the Cardinal de...
3 p.l., 71,  pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-diced russia & marbled boards, spine gilt, outer & lower edges uncut. London: 1813.
Thomas Stanley (1749-1818), “was a book-lover possessing more knowledge of the contents of his library than many of those who were his contemporaries and juniors. It is refreshing to read the notes in the catalogue of his sale; evidently written by himself, when one has become tired of seeing over and over again the stereotyped inanities of most auction-catalogues. Colonel Stanley lived at a time when Italian literature was in vogue; Don Bowle was an elder contemporary whose example led Mr. Croft and...
Small 8vo, orig. pink wrappers. Bamberg: .
The very rare sale catalogue of the library of books, maps, scientific instruments, music, and a few art objects from the collection of Stengel (1750-1822), a high government official in service to the Elector Karl Theodor of Palatinate-Bavaria and very much a product of the Enlightenment. He carried out a liberal economic policy, introduced many innovations in taxation and trade, and supported numerous civil engineering projects in the region.
Stengel was an important book and art collector and was a considerable artist in his own right. 2507 lots of books, 21 lots of music...
1 p.l., 73 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Göttingen: F.E. Huth, 1824.
The very rare sale catalogue of the library of Suchfort (1747-1824), classical scholar and rector of the Göttingen gymnasium. In 1771, he published a book on Stesichorus (ca. 630–555 B.C.), the first great lyric poet of the West. The catalogue has 1643 lots, and there are multiple items in a number of the lots. The library was very largely devoted to classical studies and philology. The final lot lists Suchfort’s dactyliotheca.
Fine copy. We find no copy outside of Germany.
1 p.l., 288 pp. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound-in cont. dark green half-morocco, cloth sides, spine gilt, t.e.g. London: 1874.
A handsome copy, ruled in red with prices in a contemporary hand. Tite was a noted architect whose principal work was the remodeling of the Royal Stock Exchange (1844). He was a strenuous opponent of the Neo-Gothic style as practiced by Sir George Gilbert Scott (see D.N.B.). “Among the contemporaries of Henry Huth was a notable bibliophile, the enthusiastic architect Sir William Tite (1798-1873), whose fine and valuable library brought nearly 20,000 pounds, a large sum for the early...
viii, 175 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1806.
The uncommon sale catalogue of an exceptional print collection formed in Belgium. Wolfgang Guillaume, the third duc d’Ursel (?1730-1804), a Belgian general and husband of Flore d’Arenberg, focused his collecting on prints of paintings engraved by the painters themselves. The catalogue is arranged by school and within that by painter. We find engravings by Albani, Carracci, Maratti, Titian, Dürer, Hollar, Berghem, van Leyden, Rembrandt, Callot, Coypel, etc.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 948 lots of prints and drawings, many of which are large group lots, with the more considerable collections divided into numerous subsections for greater clarity. Lots 907-948 detail the duke’s books of prints and views, auction catalogues, dictionaries, and other important art historical texts.
2 p.l., 72 pp. Small 8vo, cont. red sheep-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed), spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: P. Yver, .
(—). Catalogue d’un precieux Cabinet de Desseins, Coloriés & Non-Coloriés des plus célebres Maîtres Hollandois & Flamands, &c. De même, que d’une tres belle Collection d’Estampes, de Choix. Parmi lesquelles il y a quelques Petits Oeuvres & des Ouvrages d’Estampes Reliées & non-Reliées presque Toutes Premieres Epreuves & des mieux conservées…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 de Janvier 1775 & les Jours suivants…Par les Courtiers… 2 p.l., 235, , 78 pp. 8vo. Amsterdam...
12, 250 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & speckled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Anvers: J. Grangé, [1773?].
An earlier owner attributes the ownership of this catalogue to Pierre François Gisbert de Schorel, seigneur de Wilryck (1716-73 or 1778) and mayor of Anvers, whose collection of paintings was sold the following year in Anvers by Grangé. Van Schorel was actively involved in the artistic life of Antwerp and in the early 1740s played an important role in the reorganization and financial support of the city’s Academie voor Schoone Kunsten. He formed one of the largest gatherings of...
Finely engraved frontis. port. of the collector (with an earlier state bound-in, see below) & engraved arms on title. 2 p.l., iv, 151 pp.; 2 p.l., xliv pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, 19th-cent. red morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, outer & lower edges uncut. Paris: Prault fils aîné, 1760.
A marvelous association copy of this important catalogue of the notable book and art collections formed by the Comte de Vence (1703-60), one of the richest collections of the period. “Ce bibliophile distingué s’était composé de livres, mais encore un riche cabinet d’objets d’art et d’antiquités, tels que tableux, estampes, dessins, bronzes...
xii, , 83 pp. 8vo, Middle Hill boards (spine defective & shaky), uncut. Paris: Tilliard Frères, 1808.
The rare sale catalogue of the great botanical library of Étienne Pierre Ventenat (1757-1808), librarian of the Panthéon and one of the leading French botanists of the period. While not a large library (612 lots), this was one of the finest botanical libraries formed during the end of the 18th century and was nearly complete in the more modern works. Ventenat used his relationships and skills as a librarian to buy the best copies possible. Many of the books were annotated by him.
Lots 603-11 consisted of Ventenat’s collections of botanical specimens (lot 603 contained 14-15,000 specimens from all over the world!). The preliminary leaves contain a life of Ventenat. The auctioneer has supplied two very useful indexes, one of authors and another of anonymous works. This copy has the two-page schedule of the sale.
20 pp. 8vo, 19th-century brown half-cloth & marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine, spine gilt. [S.l.: 1737].
One of the very rare contemporary manuscript sale catalogues of the painting collection of the comtesse de Verrue (1670-1736), one of history’s greatest collectors of art as well as books. It is annotated with nearly all prices and a few buyers’ names. According to Lugt, there are no known printed catalogues of this sale of paintings — most likely never printed — and the Getty Provenance Index records 14 extant manuscript copies, all in institutional libraries, except this example.
“Verrue, may be best known today as Alexandre Dumas’s fictive dame volupté, a sobriquet she reputedly created and one that has too easily obscured her crucial role in the art world of early eighteenth-century Paris. She had the social confidence to renounce the traditional pattern of collecting that Crozat had eagerly embraced and turned from ‘serious’ Italian paintings to ‘petits sujets,’ bucolic landscapes, and amorous mythologies, primarily by painters of the Northern and French schools. Like Crozat, she shaped a remarkable and widely admired dwelling that was central to her identity and famous during her lifetime. The importance of each house was enhanced by the way it functioned. Each became a key site of artistic discourse, a place where art lovers and artists assembled, and a locus for assessing competing systems of value, where distinctive outlooks were forged, defined, and absorbed.”–Rochelle Ziskin, Sheltering Art (2012), p. 2.
2 p.l., 119 pp. 8vo, cont. marbled boards, finely rebacked & recornered in calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: 1813.
A fine copy of this uncommon catalogue, here printed on fine and thick paper with many outer and lower edges uncut. Willett (1719-95), after inheriting the family’s West Indian estates, devoted his life to scholarship, botany, and the collecting of books and pictures. He formed a very rich library, strong in incunabula, travel, botany, topography, and architecture. His collections of incunabula and Caxtons, as well as four block books, were amongst the finest of the time. Willett published a....
2 p.l., 119 pp. 8vo, cont. half-calf & marbled boards (upper joint partly cracked but strong), spine gilt, uncut. London: 1813.
A fine copy of this uncommon catalogue, ruled in red with prices and buyers’ names in a contemporary hand. Willett (1719-95), after inheriting the family’s West Indian estates, devoted his life to scholarship, botany, and the collecting of books and pictures. He formed a very rich library, strong in incunabula, travel, botany, topography, and architecture. His collections of incunabula and Caxtons, as well as four block books, were amongst the finest of the time. Willett published a splendid folio catalogue of his...
Par Michel Huber [& continued by Jean Gottlob Stimmel from the 4th vol.]. Five vols. bound in seven. 8vo, not quite uniform cont. marbled boards (a little worn & rubbed, occasional foxing), pale blue lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, -03-05-10-10.
The main series of auction catalogues of the most important collection of art formed in Leipzig in the 18th century. Winckler (1731-95), was a wealthy merchant and banker. Following his formal education, he made a European tour in Britain, Holland, and Switzerland and became intensely interested in art. Winckler started collecting prints and soon began buying paintings...
xii, 483 pp. 8vo, cont. blue pebbled cloth (minor foxing), red & green lettering pieces on spine. Paris: J. Techener, 1854.
—. Catalogue de la Riche Collection d’Estampes et de Dessins composant le Cabinet de feu M. F. van den Zande…rédigé par F. Guichardot. xii, 355 pp. 8vo. Paris: F. Guichardot, 1855.
4, 99 pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco-backed blue paste-paper boards, flat spine gilt. Paris: Gogué & Née de la Rochelle, 1781.
A rare and noteworthy catalogue, containing many book s from the celebrated library of Claude Gabriel de Boze (1680-1753). While de Boze’s library was being prepared for sale after his death in 1753, two distinguished bibliophiles — Jules François Cotte, Président au Parlement de Paris, and Charles Robert Boutin, Maître des Requêtes, purchased the entire library for the sum of 83,000 livres. They, in turn, sold most of the 15th-century books, except for the Gutenberg Bible, to Gaignat. Cotte and Boutin then...